khmer lessons

i am a first grader again
sounding and stuttering my way
through combinations of characters
amazed when the strange squiggles
translate into words i know

i had forgotten
how excitingly painful
and tiringly satisfying
learning to read could be

and am reminded
why children enjoy
those end-of-page high-fives
so much

2 thoughts on “khmer lessons

  1. Really sweet – conveyed the joy of reading beautifully and how even after years of knowing how, new words, new sentences, new metaphors still trickle through and it’s like learning all over again.

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